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Museum of Science and Industry

5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637-2093
+1 773-684-1414
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The largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere! Housed in the only remaining building from the 1893 World’s Fair, MSI is a Chicago must-see. You’ll experience 14 acres of hands-on exhibits and have the chance to stand before a 40-foot tornado; climb aboard a World War II German submarine; take a run in a human-sized hamster wheel; descend into an Illinois coal mine; tour a fully functioning eco-friendly home; board a 727 hanging from the ceiling; transmit your pulse to a 13-foot, 3-D beating heart; and much more! MSI is not a place where you walk around quietly and observe. No way! You get involved in the fun—and learn—by doing. Just a few miles from downtown with convenient underground parking.
  • Excellent73%
  • Very good20%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“u boat” (838 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637-2093
Hyde Park
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"coal mine"
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"u boat"
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"all ages"
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"german submarine"
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"submarine tour"
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"human body"
in 157 reviews
"fairy castle"
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"mirror maze"
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"baby chicks"
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"weather exhibit"
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"flight simulator"
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"tesla coil"
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"brick by brick"
in 87 reviews
"interactive exhibits"
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"hands on activities"
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"kids and adults"
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"great for kids"
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We visited this museum because it was an option on our city pass, and I'm so glad we did! This place is so much fun...from the whisper room to the mirror maze to the exhibit on storms, thus place was educational and entertaining. When you...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We had a wonderful time at this Museum. My science oriented kid really enjoyed it. If you go, you should plan on going all day. The lunch options in the food court were varied and not too expensive. My only complaint would be the extra...More

Thank BackInLex
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This museum is a mainstay of life living here in Hyde Park, but I've been time and time again and always enjoyed my time there. They have a set number of base exhibits, from an incredible weather exhibit—walk through a mist version of a small...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

I was on a business trip to Chicago and had limited time. I chose to visit the Science and Industry museum and I was not disappointed. I look forward to taking my family in the future. Friendly staff. Cafeteria staff spoke Spanish which is always...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

There is so much to do, yet one day might not be enough. They have a U- boat there yoy can walk through. Along with a messershmit also.

Thank mvotodian
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Well I think you gotta put this museum on your list of must see places in Chicago. Plan to spend a full day. You can not take everything in within one visit. Expect to pay average museum entrance fees around $25/. Check Groupon... lots of...More

Thank Brent A
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The museum was well worth the time spent! Don't miss the coal mine tour! As well as the Uboat tour! Wonderful experience for any age!!

Thank Bobbie Suzanne F
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The Museum of Science and Industry has so many displays. There are interactive stations; it would be great for children. My don't-miss items are the submarine (worth the extra $12 per person if affordable for you) and the fairy house. The small circus, with thousands...More

Thank michelle s
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Have been to lots of museums and I was underwhelmed. The 360 movie was boring. I have seen IMAX educational movies that are just amazing works of art. This is not one of those. The main exhibit we were all interested in was the submarine...More

Thank coconutkids
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Reviewed 4 days ago

So much to do, see, touch, and learn! U-505 was awesome! I will need to take the full tour next time.

Thank Jeff H
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one of the city’s most popular neighborhoods. This
historic area is home to two of the city’s most
prominent cultural institutions, the Museum of Science
and Industry and the University of Chicago. A stroll
here will bring you past vintage and grand hotels
converted into luxury apartment buildings; peaceful
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bethbirk
1 January 2018|
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Response from BartlettDan | Reviewed this property |
I bought tickets ahead of time in their website. I would strongly suggest doing so. As long as you have a ticket in-hand you should be able to leave and come back in all day. However, if you choose to park in the... More
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Madeline R
27 September 2017|
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Response from dlevitan | Reviewed this property |
City bus is OK but an Uber or Lyft is convenient and reasonable.
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Madeline R
27 September 2017|
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Response from CubFan1948 | Reviewed this property |
I will agree with others, public transportation is not the safest way to go. Use a taxi or Uber.
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